Jeep: Adding Luxury to Serious Off-road Adventuring

Adding Luxury to Serious Off-road Adventuring

People, who love the rugged outdoors and enjoy driving in such terrain, are the ones who adore 4X4 cars, such as the iconic Jeep.

The Jeep is designed to enjoy the thrill of off-road driving on dirt trails, forest paths, muddy pits and sand dunes.

However, besides the off-road adventures, Jeeps are also built for luxury and designed to look beautiful, which puts the vehicle on par with the very best.

History of the Jeep

Jeep has a long history which goes all the way back to World War 2 when a company called the American Bantam Car Company manufactured the first prototype of a Jeep for the Army.

Whilst the design of the prototype suited the criteria laid down by the US Army, its engine specifications did not meet the torque requirements that the Army wanted.

However, then Willys and Fords designed their Jeeps and the long love affair has never stopped from then.

In fact, it was the Willys’ Jeep which made a significant impact during World War 2. Since then the Jeep has come a long way thanks to the constant upgrades and developments in the world of automobiles.

What Makes Jeep Special?

Besides its beautiful and sleek design, there are many advantages to driving a Jeep. One of the reasons why Jeep enthusiasts love this vehicle is because of its functionality and versatility.

This is one of the few 4X4 cars which can be driven with pride in the city and can also tackle some unique terrains where most of the other smaller vehicles and cars cannot go. It is a rugged, durable machine and the Jeep can drive in just about any type of weather such as snow, rain or hail, without causing drivers any anxiety.

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Jeeps are also tough cars that prove to be good investments and offer comfort and sleekness. The competitors are all far more expensive and the Jeep name has a cache all of its own, so it doesn’t have to compete with the upper class connotations of a Range Rover or the extreme road performance of the Porsche Cayenne.

A Class of Its Own

The Jeep has always been in a class of its own with people who love off-road driving.

It’s powerful and the perfect vehicle for this type of driving, from green laning to the extremes of winching.

Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that all Jeep models are test driven at the Rubicon Trail, which is a 22-mile route comprising of rugged 4X4 terrain and road, and located in Sierra Nevada in the USA.

A part of the Rubicon Trail is used by Jeep to test its vehicles to ensure superior off-road travel experience.

With Compass, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee offering the same quality and luxury as many of their luxury rivals, these vehicles are among the very best.

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As Fiat now partner Jeep, several improvements have been made to the latest models to ensure they can hold their ground when it comes to the quality of the fit and finish.


Whether a 4X4 enthusiast chooses a Compass, Wrangler or a Grand Cherokee, the vehicle will allow the adventurous side of the driver to come to the fore. Today, thanks to its performance, comfort levels and finish, the Jeep is there with the very best and can add luxury and comfort to serious off-road adventuring.

However, most car manufacturers now produce 4X4 vehicles so there is a large choice. Land Rover and Range Rover are very much in fashion for those with road- holding as their priority, but there are also the BMW X5 and the Audi Q luxury ranges.

If budget is not an issue then the speedy Porsche Cayenne may be the vehicle for you.

Written by Antony Jackson for – He has had a fascination with cars from an early age and has followed race and road car developments on 3 continents. Photographing and writing about cars here and abroad, including visits to the Porsche works in Germany, 1000+ mile classic road trips and conversations with retired racing drivers in Las Vegas, his love of cars comes through in his work.

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